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Dear members and friends of OLC during these dificult times we depend on your generous support more than ever. We still have to pay bills and payroll for our employees. I urge you to continue your generous support to us.

You can give in one of 3 ways, although electronic giving is the best way: 

1. Write a check and mail it to:
Our Lady of Charity Parish
3620 S 57th Court
Cicero, IL  60804 

2. Electronic Giving:
Give via Pushpay: Pushpay.com/pay/olc-parish

3. Or use our Text to give option. Text OLCPARISH to 77977 to have the giving link immediately delivered to your mobile phone so you can begin giving to Our Lady of Charity Church. When you send 'OLCPARISH' to 77977 you will receive a one time reply containing a link to give to Our Lady of Charity Church (1msg/request). Please be aware that Msg & Data rates may apply. For full Terms & Conditions please visit https://pushpay.com/terms. For the Privacy Policy please visit https://pushpay.com/privacy. For help reply HELP or STOP to cancel.

You are all in my prayers during this difficult time of uncertainty and I ask that you pray for me as well Our Lady of Charity Parish. May God Bless you all! 

~Fr. Sergio Mena, Pastor 

 

We have an exciting announcement! 

We have been developing a customized Our Lady of Charity app to help our parish stay connected with each other and provide another way of communicating. You’ll be able to see recent announcements, register for events, receive messages, make contributions, and more; all on your phone. The app is in both English and Spanish.


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November 13th, 2020

Dear Parishioners:

I greet you with the peace of Christ. As we prepare, together with the entire Church, to celebrate the Mystery of the Birth of the Child Jesus, I wish to inform you of the following:

1. In the past, during the Advent season, I offered the Sacrament of Reconciliation to our school and CCD Program children. After serious reflection and due to the pandemic, I have decided not to do so this year for health reasons. It would not be possible to observe the required social distancing.

2. I invite you and your family to a Bilingual Mass on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th, at 9 am. You do not need to register for this Mass.

3. The Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe begins on December 3rd and ends on December 11th. More information is available on the parish website.

4. If you would like to participate in the Serenade to Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 11th at 11 pm, you must register. You can do so after one of the weekend Masses or by calling (708) 863-1207. You will also be able to follow the ceremony via Facebook or in your car in our Parking Lot. Please remember that participation inside the Church is limited.

5. To better serve our parishioners' spiritual needs, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Saturday, December 12th, there will be four masses in Spanish at the following times: 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 6 pm. The regular 4 pm Mass will be in English, as always. It is important to choose a time and register after Mass or by phone at (708) 863-1207. Remember that the Raffle will be held after the 6 pm Mass.

6. Our Christmas Schedule will be as follows: December 24th: Mass in English 4PM, Spanish 6PM; December 25th: English 9AM, Spanish 10:15 and 11:30AM.

7. Our New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Schedule will be the same as Christmas.

With my affection and prayers,

Fr. Sergio Mena
Pastor

Renew My Church

Dear Parishioners,

Surely you have already heard about the 'Renew My Church' project. 'Renew My Church' reorganizes and revitalizes ministries that animate parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago in the light of current needs. As the Archdiocese website says for the 'Renew My Church' program: "All 'Renew My Church' efforts occur within the parish clustering process, the goal of which is to ensure that all parishes in the archdiocese have the vision, leadership, resources, and operational base necessary to create an effective evangelistic culture that makes disciples, builds communities, and inspires witness."

Why group the parishes?

  • Over many decades, the change in church attendance patterns has left many parishes with operational and financial concerns that limit their evangelism and discipleship capacities.
     
  • The decreasing number of priests available to serve parishes creates a need to think about our leadership model. Lay leadership that strengthens and revitalizes parish life is necessary and urgent.
     
  • We must arrive at a common understanding of Catholic teaching concerning evangelistic programs and processes.

The 344 parishes of the diocese have merged into 98 groupings. Within these groups, parishes will determine collaboration and unity opportunities by following a structured process of discernment, transition, and building a future together. (https://www.renewmychurch.org/parish-grouping-process/overview)

Two months ago, Bishop John Manz, our Episcopal Vicar, sent a letter to the pastors of Vicariate IV. In that letter, he indicated that the parishes of Berwyn and Cicero, as well as other suburbs and neighborhoods, would begin the process of discernment to 'Renew my Church.' This should occur in early 2021, probably during February or March.

From the beginning until mid-2021, the parish groups "will undertake the work of discerning parishes' structural possibilities" for the future. Once the local parish groups' work is complete, their recommendations will go to the Archdiocesan 'Renew My Church' committees. Finally, Cardinal Cupich will make a decision. "The Cardinal's decision on parishes' and schools' future structures is expected in November 2021 or January 2022. Any changes would take effect no later than July 1, 2022, although some changes may occur before July 1, 2022." 

Our 'Renew My Church' group consists of Our Lady of Charity, St. Leonard, and St. Mary of Czestochowa. That means we will work together to discern our parishes' future structure based on current needs and opportunities.

The process of discerning future possibilities and needs will take many factors and details into account. While our group includes St. Mary of Czestochowa and St. Leonard at this time, Bishop Manz stated in his letter that, "if the need arises, consider other possibilities beyond your currently-defined groupings."

I realize that the information provided here is general and does not cover the 'Renew My Church' initiative's full scope and breadth. However, I want you to be aware of the imminent beginning of renewal and reorganization efforts in our diocese. I will keep you posted as the 'Renew My Church' process progresses.

In his letter, Bishop Manz summarizes the main thought at the beginning of this process in this way: "We do not know what the results of the discernment process will be, but we do know that things cannot remain as they are. We also know that the Lord remains with us and that we are strong when we stay united in prayer. Prayer is the beginning, the guiding activity, and the end of all our endeavors, especially one as significant as 'Renew My Church' in our area. We pray for each other and our parishes that God will guide, govern, and direct us, and that we will cooperate with His grace as we move forward."

God bless you all,

Fr. Sergio Mena 
Pastor

 

 

 

 


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